Mohamed Salah posts second positive Covid-19 test in major blow to Liverpool

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The Egyptian FA have confirmed that Mohamed Salah has provided a second positive coronavirus test.

The Liverpool star will now need to self isolate for 10 days, ruling him out of the top of the table clash with Leicester on November 22.

A statement shared by the Egypt FA read: "Egyptian National Team and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has undergone a second test and results have confirmed that Salah tested positive for Covid 19.

"All necessary medical precautions have been taken in line with the global medical protocol and under the supervision of Dr. Mohamed Sultan, Head of the Medical Committee at the EFA, as well as Dr Mohamed Abou El Ela, Egyptian Natioonal Team doctor.

"While the first swab has offered a positive result, the Egyptian FA has decided to carry out a second test to confirm the result.

"Salah is keeping a high spirit and is not showing any symptoms of the virus. He has been isolated and the National Team's doctor is liasing with Dr Jim Moxon, Head of Liverpool FC's medical staff, regarding this matter."

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Salah was routinely screened under protocols after joining up with his country Egypt for international duty this week, and was found to be positive for Covid-19.

But the Egyptian FA jumped the gun by announcing Salah had tested positive for the virus in a statement released on Friday afternoon, but then deleted that update within an hour.

They had not retested Salah by that stage, and a new update later merely confirmed that “three players from the Egyptian and Togo teams have tested positive” and a second test would be conducted on the players “to determine their position on participation”.

That left Liverpool to await the results of a second test, which, now positive, means Salah will be forced to undergo at least a 10-day quarantine.

Provided Salah does not develop symptoms, he could be able to return against Atalanta in the Champions League on November 25.

Egyptian FA chief Amr El Ganainy says Salah won't leave Egypt until he has recovered.

Salah's positive test will now lead to questions after he attended the wedding of his brother, Nasr, earlier this week.

Salah, who scored in Sunday's 1-1 draw with City, left the Liverpool squad's coronavirus 'bubble' to travel to Egypt for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification double header against Togo.

But he attended the wedding in Cairo before linking up with the international side.

He was pictured and filmed without a face mask or socially distancing, with footage posted on social media showed him dancing with other guests.

Aston Villa's Mahomoud Trezeguet was also in attendance.

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Salah can be seen in some footage wearing a mask as he dances. However, there is other footage of him not wearing one also.

In September, Egypt allowed weddings to be held in open-air-venues – that followed months of banning them in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The government announced that these would be capped at a maximum of 300 invitees – with these only being able to take place in tourist and hotel facilities that obtained health and safety certificates.

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